I have now installed the latest build of 1.7.2 and for a test installed all plugins that we are currently running. Of course some of them failed (such as minecart mania, mob disguises and a couple small ones), but none of the important ones that we need to run the server. What does that mean?
First of all, the fact that plugins do not crash during the start does not mean that they work 100%. There will be more testing needed for that. I assume that the forums of the individual plugins will soon be filled with comments in case something breaks.
Regarding the upgrade, I want to wait some time until there is some form of stabilization in the bukkit development process. As of now, there are frequent new builds, and while there are right now no open critical bugs, that does not mean that there are no new ones coming. I want to see how often new developer releases are being added, wait until it slows down and at least wait until this weekend with the upgrade. Also, many plugins that deal with blocks currently will not work properly with the new blocks of 1.7.2. So they will disappear into a void in case we try to trade them, and sometimes those new blocks also fail for protection against griefing.
Since the upgrade will involve the reset of the darklands (thanks to tbrewda who found a seed with mesa canyons at spawn!) and all the empire lot resets, I do not want to make an upgrade and then realize later that a bug messed something up. With this upgrade, it’s a major work to manage it, and I do not want to have to do it twice.
But I guess the big message is the following: If you want to reset your lot or pick a new one, now is the time to look at the map make a choice. I will introduce a process where you can submit requests for a different lot. And in this case it would be also the time to dismantle your belongings and stock them into chests.